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Wednesday, 3 July 1901
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Senator Sir FREDERICK SARGOOD (Victoria) - I entirely agree with the suggestion that this amendment deals with a matter which is part and parcel of the Public Service Bill. I would point out to Senator Pearce that the words he has used here go a good deal further than he intends, and may conflict with clause 1 which we have already passed. The amendment refers to the age at which persons shall be employed. I suppose what the honorable senator means is that regulations should be made fixing the minimum age at which persons shall be employed. It would be wise for the honorable senator not to press his motion. He should deal with it when the Public Service Bill is before us, and then I shall be prepared to support him.

Senator PEARCE(Western Australia). - If the Senate is of opinion that the matter can be dealt with under the Public Service Bill I will withdraw my amendment. The fact that the other House allowed clause 28 of that Bill to go as it did, induced me to bring this matter forward.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Paragraph (b) -

Fixing the rates payable to masters of vessels and private railway and tramway authorities for the carriage of mails.

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